A couple of months ago, I received a message from a lovely lady named Gabby with whom I used to play soccer with long ago. She's started to do some modelling and wanted to shoot, and I was so stoked to hear that! Her boss, who runs Far Out Vintage (a dope store in Chinatown that you should check out), very kindly styled the shoot for us. Gabby brought along a friend, and they were both immense pleasures to shoot. Collaborations are fun. :)
Feeling a lot of feels about my incredible friends right now.
My dear friend Tianna recently graduated from the fashion program at John Casablancas and came out with three absolutely stunning outfits that she designed and made herself. I was so flattered and excited when she asked me to shoot them! Tianna had the brilliant idea of asking our friend Roan to model and I couldn't have been happier. This lady is not only an utter ray of sunshine but so natural in front of the camera. We also had the privilege of shooting in My Modern Closet's beautiful studio!
Excitingly (but also sadly, because I will miss her so), Tianna moved to Berlin a couple of days ago as she got a job assisting at a small clothing company based over there. I am so extremely proud of her! You should follow her on Instagram @dangtianna and @t_bytianna because this young woman is going places.
The world is so lucky to have two driven, intelligent, hard-working, creative and warm-hearted individuals like Tianna and Roan (give her a follow on the 'gram too @roancurtis - you will not be dissapointed in her hilarious captions.) Look out for these two, I'm tellin' ya!
I shot off another roll of film with the camera I've been borrowing from a buddy, and I'm so happy with the results! I hope you enjoy these portraits of some really important people in my life. :)
In October of last year, I was asked by my lovely bosses Kristy and Ken, of Blush Wedding Photography, if I wanted to travel to Thailand with them the following month to take care of their precious wee one (named London!) while they shot weddings over there. I would've been crazy if I'd said no! I still feel extremely blessed and grateful to have been able to travel across the world with them and experience a new place so different from anywhere I'd previously travelled to. Hanging out with little London while they were killin' it shooting two weddings in Phuket was the best. As you can tell, he is the cutest little guy on Planet Earth... and Kristy and Ken are two of the most generous, passionate and talented people I know! Check out their Instagram account here.
I decided to extend my trip another ten days and travel to a couple of other places in South-East Asia. Right after Phuket, I flew to Singapore to see my good friend Isaac. Isaac moved from Singapore to Vancouver a few years ago, but was back home visiting family and friends. I was so excited that a good friend of mine was in South-East Asia at the same time as I was, and that he was down to show me around the place he was born and raised in. Isaac played the best tour guide ever, and I'm so grateful for my extremely lovely three days there. If you don't already know his work, check out Isaac's Instagram account here and his website here. He is an insanely talented photographer (not to mention a kind-hearted, fun and hilarious human being) who never ceases to inspire me with his dedication to his craft and his unique eye and style.
For the last leg of my trip, I decided to head to Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam, for five days. Another good friend of mine, named Nelson (who I also assist part-time), was going to be there exploring and chilling before he started his two-month long motorcycle journey around Vietnam. I have never experienced a place as wonderfully crazy and fearless as Ho Chi Minh. What a sight to behold, that city is! It was great to get to experience it for the first time with a great pal. Nelson is not only a caring and generous person, but an amazing commercial photographer. He also has one of my favourite Instagram accounts that you can check out here. Keep an eye out for a couple of fun photography exhibits he'll be hosting this year.
The last three shots of this blog post were shot on the film camera that Nelson kindly lent me. It was so insanely wonderful to have spent time with familiar faces on the opposite end of the globe!
My good friend and boss Nelson Mouëllic very kindly lent me one of his film cameras a couple of months ago when I expressed interest in shooting some film for fun. I'd never shot film before, but grew up with my mom constantly taking photos of my brother and I with her film camera, as it was her number one love (and still is).
The first roll of film I put in was black & white. I was so excited to take some snaps of the people I spent time with, wait for them to be developed, and see how they turned out. I was so happy with the results! Looking back at these will always bring a smile to my face.
I went to elementary and high school with a lovely lady named Mireille Kessler who, a couple of months ago, contacted me to do a little shoot for a clothing store she was about to open up! She brought some friends together to model some pieces from the shop, and we shot in the lovely natural light that this overcast day in Vancouver provided us with. Stanley Park is gorgeous no matter the weather, and it was a great crew of people. :)
Just before Christmas, Mireille opened up her shop! It's called Natale, and it's located on Main St. You can visit their website here. They carry a variety of hand-crafted and fair trade goods from all around the world that are not only amazing quality but super affordable. The womenswear you see in these photos is all designed in Vancouver and handmade in Peru. They carry warm and cozy Alpaca wool products like scarves, socks and sweaters (also all made in Peru!), along with children's clothing, home décor, jewellery, artwork, and more! It's so rad seeing a girl I grew up with start her own business!
Make sure to also check them out on Instagram @nataleonmain! :)